My wife surprised me this week by booking flights to New Orleans for the weekend of the Browns game on October 24th. She hasn't been back to New Orleans since 2005, and this will be my first trip to the city and my first time ever at a Saints game. I wanted to post a thread asking for advice on a few things: where to sit in the stadium, where to stay, and where to eat.
On where to sit: Is the view from the lower level too shallow? Or is the view from the terrace too high? Do you like endzone, sideline or corner seating? How much have you paid for tickets in the past? Should I buy my tickets from Stubhub, Ticket Exchange, or some other website? Or do I just show up and put my faith in scalpers?
On where to stay: We've actually already chosen the Iberville Suites on Iberville/Dauphine, but if anyone has a recommendation for a fancy-as-hell but somehow inexpensive (<$200 a night) place in the Quarter, fire away. If they have soaking tubs, you might sway my wife.
On where to eat: My wife is going to be my tour guide, but she's wary of finding a transformed city after five years away. We're not even sure if her favourite places are still there or not. Is Cafe Latrobe still open? Do you guys have any good brunch recommendations? How about Yo Mama's in the Quarter, is that still there?
I understand that I could probably find all of this information by using Google and a cell phone, but this is a very helpful community and the recommendations I've read here in the past have been really detailed. So help me out, guys.
****Edit: I figured I could actually make this post useful and collate some of the advice previously posted on CSC, both for my benefit and anyone else who needs it. So here we go:
- Another general advice thread.
- Various opinions on hotels in the city.
- Lots of good restaurant recommendations in this Getting to Know You thread.
- Some advice on tailgating.
- Yet more pregame stuff here, including this gem:
Also, don’t start any s--- with the locals, as there’s no security in that area. Your tires and/or homies may not make it out alive.